Signs That You Need to Paint Your Doors: Sacramento Valley
Here’s Your Sign!
I certainly know how it is, there are projects to be done at the house. Some are obvious and urgent others while others aren't as essential. As homeowners and business owners, we all have to prioritize those projects based on need, budget, and desire. When it comes to painting interiors, they last much longer than exteriors. With exteriors you risk damaged wood or worse, dry rot, if you don’t keep up on routine painting. We have all said “One more year won’t hurt”! Lots of times that is true, but when it comes to protecting the outside of your home, that can be a dangerous thing to say.
In this case, we are using front doors as our example. These doors are south facing and lack an overhang to protect them. The wood doors really take a beating from elements, like the harsh sun, fog, rain, and heat. Bubbling appeared on the doors, causing raw wood exposure. They also cracked at the joints; this allows moisture to get in the panels. To prevent the bubbling, these doors should have been addressed a year earlier than they were!
When you notice a little cracking on the doors or peeling, it is time to take action. The longer they go, the more prep work is needed...ultimately increasing the cost to refinish. If they are let go for too long, the doors may need to be fully replaced. A set of double doors, especially with wood prices right now, costs roughly $10,000. The less expensive route is to refinish the existing doors at roughly $750. Please don’t procrastinate when it comes time to protect your home's exterior!